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Chris Shiflett

Hi, I’m Chris: entrepreneur, community leader, husband, and father. I live and work in Boulder, CO.

OmniTI Acquires Brain Bulb

I'm very excited to announce that OmniTI has acquired Brain Bulb, which basically means that I'm now a principal of OmniTI and get to work with some of the smartest and friendliest people around, such as George, Theo, Wez, Laura, and Amy.

While traveling recently, I read an article entitled "The Best Company to Work for in the World - Period." I saved this article and was showing it to Wez last week. His first reaction was, "Oh, is that an article about OmniTI?" After only a few short weeks, I already share this sentiment. The combination of working with super smart people and getting to work on super cool and important stuff is a lot of fun. Want to join in on the fun? We're hiring PHP and Perl developers. (Knowing MySQL and PostgreSQL is also a big plus.)

George blogged a few more details about what I'll be doing here, and you can read the official press release for more. Just be advised that I've never used the word synergistic. :-)

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OmniTI Acquires Brain Bulb was posted on Tue, 16 May 2006. If you liked it, follow me on Twitter or share:


1.Nate Klaiber said:

Whoa! Thats AWESOME!

Congrats, this is great news! You are one lucky man! I would love working in an environment like that - I wish we have another developer where I work just to discuss different projects and implementation.

You are definitely fit for the job!



Tue, 16 May 2006 at 18:09:02 GMT Link

2.Christian Wenz said:

Congratulations! So the next beer is on you -- you can afford it now ;-)

Tue, 16 May 2006 at 18:36:37 GMT Link

3.Peter Pistorius said:

Congrats Chris! Now you can hire me... :|

Tue, 16 May 2006 at 20:13:56 GMT Link

4.Rob Allen said:

Congratulations Chris!

Tue, 16 May 2006 at 20:57:48 GMT Link

5.Keith Casey said:


So is the BB name going to go away or is it going to be the "security division" or OmniTI?

Tue, 16 May 2006 at 21:35:26 GMT Link

6.Michael J. Radwin said:

Great news! Makes a lot of sense.

When can I buy stock in OmniTI?

Tue, 16 May 2006 at 23:20:50 GMT Link

7.Amy Hoy said:

I'm not one of the smartest and friendliest people around!? :(

Wed, 17 May 2006 at 02:41:31 GMT Link

8.Chris Shiflett said:

Of course you are, Amy! You're one of the people that make OmniTI great.

Peter, we are hiring, so if you're interested, just send me an email. You're from South Africa, right? Would you be open to the idea of moving to Maryland?

Keith, we decided to consolidate under the OmniTI brand. Both companies have a solid brand, but OmniTI is older and more established.

Michael, we give stock options to key employees. Interested? :-)

Wed, 17 May 2006 at 03:32:40 GMT Link

9.Aaron Wormus said:

Congratulations!!! It's great to see the PHP companies consolidate themselves and putting themselves into positions where they can render a larger variety of services to bigger clients.

The press release (like most press releases) sent my bullshitometer off the charts (no more caffine for your PR guy!!!). I don't know how you resisted the urge to title it "Shiflett goes Postal" ;)

On a side note, I wasn't aware that you incorperated brainbulb... why did you choose to incorperate instead of creating a simple LLC? As a code monkey/freelancer/small business owner I would be interested in some articles/talks about your experiences and the issues surrounding starting/operating your own business.

Wed, 17 May 2006 at 07:12:47 GMT Link

10.Andries Seutens said:


I wish you the best of luck at OmniTI!

Wed, 17 May 2006 at 08:06:57 GMT Link

11.Jim Plush said:

Congrats Chris :)

will you be relocating? How many developers are under brain buld at the moment?

Wed, 17 May 2006 at 17:27:23 GMT Link

12.Peter said:


Now, is it pronounced "OM-knee TEE EYE" or "OM-ni-tee"?

The latter is interesting, of course, but also dangerously close to "enmity" - a linguistic relationship I'm sure you don't wish to covet ;)

Wed, 17 May 2006 at 20:45:11 GMT Link

13.Chris Shiflett said:

Jim, thanks much. :-)

Peter, we pronounce it the first way, OM-knee TEE EYE.

Wed, 17 May 2006 at 21:02:10 GMT Link

14.Chris Shiflett said:

Aaron, I'll answer your incorporation question later, because the entity type was not an easy decision for me, so there's much to say. I won't suggest that I made the absolute best decision, but I did try to educate myself and speak to trained professionals before choosing to incorporate.

Glad to hear the press release sent your bullshitometer off the charts. That means it's not broken. :-)

To be fair, the statements attributed to us were said, but we didn't express them exactly as presented in the press release. I guess our PR people don't think words like "cool" and "stuff" belong in a press release.

Wed, 17 May 2006 at 21:08:41 GMT Link

15.Jon Baer said:

Chris -

Awesome news, congrats + good luck on the move!

Thu, 18 May 2006 at 02:50:28 GMT Link

16.GWild said:

Outstanding Chris.

Should the day ever come when I can program my way out of a paper bag, I'll apply at OmniTI :)

Sounds like both parties will benefit nicely, and that's a good thing.

Thu, 18 May 2006 at 03:04:06 GMT Link

17.Dave Magill said:

Best of luck dude. I hope it all goes well!


Thu, 18 May 2006 at 15:11:47 GMT Link

18.J. Scott Johnson of Ookles said:

Whoa!!! Dude. You rock. That's awesome news.

Fri, 19 May 2006 at 09:35:14 GMT Link

19.jordi said:

Congratulations!!! Will you be still living in NY?

Just a day before Barça won the Champions League!

Visca el Barça!!

Sat, 20 May 2006 at 05:17:30 GMT Link

20.David Coallier said:

Amy, you are defenatly a smart one :P And Chris, congrats on that (as everyone says) :P And I hope I will see you soon, i'm also about to go and visit manhattan with you :P :P

Sat, 20 May 2006 at 06:32:00 GMT Link

21.Chris Shiflett said:

Yep, I'll be staying in New York for the foreseeable future.

Jordi, of course they did. :-)

Mon, 22 May 2006 at 22:31:04 GMT Link

22.Amy Jen said:


Tue, 23 May 2006 at 16:42:03 GMT Link

23.Chris Shiflett said:

Thanks, Amy. :-)

Tue, 23 May 2006 at 16:56:15 GMT Link

24.Newbei said:

I'am also congratulate you.

and happy Thanksgiving Day !

Fri, 24 Nov 2006 at 00:20:37 GMT Link

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